I love watching college sports and it’s great that Golf Channel broadcasts the NCAA D1 Championship played at Grey Hawk in Arizona. The competition began on Friday with rounds determining the cut for individual stroke play and also the final teams for match play.
Stroke Play: Monday an individual champion will be determined. After three rounds, the individual stroke top five players are:
- Catherine Park, Southern California (-10)
- Luica Lopez-Ortega, San Jose State (-7)
- Ingrid Linblad, LSU (-6)
- Rose Zhang, Stanford (-6)
- Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Oklahoma State (-6)
Match Play – 15 College Teams advancing to play one more day of stroke play on Monday to determine the final eight teams advancing to match play. To see scoring for all 30 collages go to the Golfstat leaderboard but the top six top teams of the 15 competing on Monday are:
- Wake Forest
- Southern California
- Florida State
- South Carolina
The Golf Channel coverage begins with the final round stroke playe to determine the overall individual NCAA D1 Champion and eight teams that will move forward for match play. The team scores are calculated by taking the best four individual scores (called “counting scores”) of the five golfers playing for their college.
How to Watch:
The Golf Channel Broadcast times (in the USA):
|May 22 (Monday) at 5 pm: Final Round Individual Stroke Play|
|May 23 (Tuesday) at Noon: Quarter Finals, Team Matches|
May 23 (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.: Semi-Finals, Team Matches
|May 24 (Wednesday) at 5 p.m.: Final Team Match|
Format of play:
(1) Individual Championship is stroke play.
(2) Team Championship is match play. The team championship used to be stroke play but was changed to match play in 2015.
30 colleges qualifying via six regional competitions. Per the NCAA website:
“The championship format in Scottsdale will include 30 teams and six individuals completing 54 holes of stroke play, and then the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team competing for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole stroke play individual champion. The top eight teams then compete in match play for the team national championship to be decided May 24.”
Individual Stroke Play: Rose Zhang, Stanford
Team Match Play: Stanford University
Rankings of the College Teams
You can check out all the rankings for college golf teams on the GolfWeek website but the top teams are currently:
- Wake Forest
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
Since I live in South Carolina, I also have to share that Clemson (Ranked 28th in the GolfWeek college team list) played but did not make the cut. Clemson finished T24 in the Team Event. For the individual competition, nine players (who’s teams are not advancing) will move forward for the individual final; and Savanah Grewal of Clemson was in a 3 person playoff for the last spot and won so she advances to Monday’s final.